The Truth About Buying New Carpet?
©2022 Alan Fletcher aka The Carpet Professor
The Carpet and Padding you choose must be able to tolerate your own unique level of foot-traffic you have in your home or your new carpet will not last as long as you anticipate.
The last thing you want is new carpet that mats down quickly and looks ugly. For instance, if you expect your new Carpet to last at least 10 years, how will you feel when it wears out in less than 5 years? It's easy to choose the wrong grade of carpet and many homeowners do.
To avoid making costly carpet buying mistakes like this, start by taking my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test. It will help you determine what grade of carpet you need to select, based on your own unique needs, goals and lifestyle.
Learn more 5 Keys to Ensure Your Carpet Buying Success
Rising Carpet Prices!
If you haven't checked carpet prices in a few years, you'll be shocked when you see the cost of a good quality carpet and padding. Twenty years ago, a medium quality carpet, including pad and installation, used to cost about $30 a square yard. Now that same grade of carpet is closer to $50 per square yard. It's not just the price of carpet that has increased, but padding and installation costs have increased too.
A decent 6-pound Rebond Pad used to cost about $3 a yard. Now it's about $5. Most carpet makers now recommend using an 8-pound density padding. Types of Carpet Padding.
Carpet Installation. It was common to pay $3 to $5 a yard for carpet installation. Now you can expect to pay $5 to $8 or more depending on where you live and what grade of carpet you select. This is one area where you should never skimp! If you are shocked by the high price for qualified carpet installation, wait till you find out the cost of hiring a lousy carpet installer! How to Find a Qualified Carpet Installer
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You shouldn't settle for a lower-grade of carpet and pad just to save money. You'll just end up unhappy with the final outcome. It would be smarter to replace your carpet in two or more phases. This could also give yourself extra time to save-up more money if necessary.
Personally, I would replace the carpet the living room first and then do the bedrooms, hallway and stairs later on. Either way, you must choose a carpet that is designed to tolerate your level of foot-traffic or it will wear out faster than you expect.
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Stainmaster® Update 2021
The Stainmaster brand, well-known for it's Nylon 6,6 fiber, was recently purchased by Lowe's. From now on, the only way to purchase new carpet with the Stainmaster® brand name, is at Lowe's. However, the same nylon fiber known as 6,6 is still available at local carpet stores under a different brand or in an unbranded form. It's the exact same fiber, but it just doesn't have the Stainmaster® brand name attached to it.
Ask Your Local Carpet Store About Carpets made with the Nylon 6,6 Fiber
Homeowners don't have to shop for carpet at Lowe's just because they now own the Stainmaster® brand name. Carpet made from Nylon 6,6 is available at most local carpet stores with all the same benefits of stain resistance and durability.
I expect to see plenty of TV advertising from Lowe's about Stainmaster® Branded Carpet in the coming months. Don't fall for carpet sales gimmicks! They now own the Stainmaster brand name but they do not own the Nylon 6,6 fiber!
Watch Out For Pushy Carpet Salespeople!
Unscrupulous carpet retailers hire pushy salespeople who will say or do just about anything to get you to buy from them. Some of these sales people know very little about carpet.
They are hired because they are good at closing the sale. That means they won't take NO for an answer. They will keep wearing you down until you finally say YES, agree to buy and write them a check. If this has happened to you, it's likely you agreed to buy because you thought it was the only way to get them to LEAVE your home!
Choosing the Right Carpet Fiber
Nylon is the most durable synthetic fiber available today. Beware of Carpet Retailers or Salespeople who recommend you buy carpet made from Polyester or P.E.T. Polyester and say it is "just as durable" as a carpet made from Nylon.
Carpets made from Polyester tend to mat down very quickly in medium to heavy traffic applications, especially in main walkways, hallways and on stairs. Carpet made from Polyester may be a good choice for you, if cost is a major issue, or if you have a low foot-traffic application, or you have frequent pet accidents and/or you plan to move soon or plan to replace your carpet within 3 to 7 years.
Learn more about Carpet Fibers
"You should never rely solely on any one salesperson to make all your carpet and padding choices for you. If your new carpet does not perform as expected, you cannot go back and blame the salesperson for giving you bad or wrong advice.
Some Carpet Salespeople Should NOT be Trusted
Many carpet salespeople lack sufficient "hands-on" carpet experience and/or don't have enough product knowledge to know what grade of carpet is able to meet YOUR needs, goals and lifestyle.
You need to do your own research and NOT rely on any one salesperson to make you carpet and padding choices for you! Unfortunately there are also plenty of unscrupulous carpet salespeople who are hoping to overcharge you by using sneaky sales tactics, deceptive advertising gimmicks, bait & switch tricks and literally dozens of other common retail carpet scams! Read more: How to Avoid Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes
Many homeowners are overcharged for Carpet, Padding and Labor! If you get three carpet estimates from three different carpet dealers, I guarantee you will get three totally different estimates for the amount of material your home requires and the total cost to get the job done.
Some salespeople over-measure intentionally while other salespeople over-measure because they are not well-trained at the art of carpet measuring.
Many salespeople would rather order too much material than to not have enough material to complete the job. This means you could be paying for material and labor costs that are far above what is actually necessary. This over-measuring Rip-Off can easily cost you hundreds or thousands more than you should be paying.
Some homes are simple and easy to measure, while other homes are very complex and require a well-trained salesperson to measure accurately! Measuring for carpet can be difficult and every carpet salesperson has their own unique methods for measuring.
The hard part is determining which bid/estimate is the best price or which measurement is the most accurate! This is why you need to get several estimates. You need to compare several bids side by side.
Then you can start asking key questions like:
Ask The Carpet Salesperson to Provide:
1. A simple diagram that shows all seam locations.
2. An estimate that shows the exact amount of material to be ordered (Square feet or Square yards).
3. An estimate that shows the Carpet brand name, style name and color.
4. An estimate that shows the Padding type, thickness and density rating.
5. A receipt showing the price of the carpet separate from the price of the pad & installation.
Not quite sure if the salesperson's measurements are accurate? It is always wise to get at least three estimates from local carpet stores. Then you can compare prices and measurements side by side and make wise and informed choices. Learn How to Measure for Carpet Yourself!
Unscrupulous carpet salespeople may also intentionally over-measure your home just to increase their profits. A sly salesperson can easily cheat you out of your hard earned money using any number of different carpet measuring scams. Best places to shop for new carpet?
Some Salespeople Lack Measuring Experience
It can take several years to learn how to properly measure for carpet. Salespeople who are new to the carpet business may not be very good at measuring. Their biggest fear is not ordering enough material to finish the job, so to prevent this, they might add an extra 10, 20, 30 or more yards of carpet "just to make sure" they have enough material to complete the job. This can easily cost you hundreds!
For example, Let's say you are spending $30 per yard for carpet, pad and installation... Ordering just 10 extra yards more than you require will cost you $300 plus tax. Ouch! There are steps you can take to make sure you are not a victim of a carpet measuring rip-off.
Shocked By High Carpet Prices? Revise Your Carpet Budget!
Carpet is more expensive then most homeowners realize. When you finally add up all the costs for materials and labor it can easily give you a severe case of sticker shock, but don't settle for a lower grade of carpet then your level of foot traffic requires. Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to see where you stand.
It's not a good idea to choose a carpet based on how much money you have to spend on your carpet replacement project today, as it almost always ends in despair. If you find that you can't afford the carpet of your dreams, either wait until you have more money, or do your carpet replacement project in two or more stages. You won't be happy in the long run if you sacrifice quality today and settle for a carpet that does not meet your long-term needs and goals!
Choosing the Right Grade of Carpet is Not Easy
It's not like it was 30 or 40 years ago when choices were very limited and most carpets were manufactured quite well. Today there are thousands of different grades, styles and quality levels to choose from. This makes it very difficult for most homeowners to make wise choices. Choose the wrong grade of carpet and you will be throwing money away.
Some Carpets are only designed to last for just a couple years before they start to wear out... but some carpets are made so well, they can easily last 20 years or more! What is the difference you ask? Why do some Carpets last longer than others? It all depends on the materials they use to manufacture the carpet! Most important is choosing the right carpet fiber to meet your needs and goals!
How Can I Tell if the Carpet is Durable Enough?
This is a common problem homeowners face when trying to choose the right grade of carpet. It's not easy to tell if the carpet quality is good, better or best, just by looking at it or feeling it with your hand.
All carpets look and feel fabulous when they are new! Print up my free Carpet Durability Guide Chart it will help you determine the carpet durability.
Don't choose carpet just because it feels soft or you love the color!
Everyone wants to enjoy a carpet that is soft and luxurious, but just because a carpet feels soft does not mean it's durable or able to tolerate YOUR level of foot traffic.
If you want carpet that will last a long long time, you need to select a carpet made from the most durable materials! You need to understand what makes one carpet more durable than another. Learning about Carpet Specifications is the key to your success!
There are Five (5) "Key Carpet Specifications" you need to consider carefully.
Fiber Type - Nylon, Polyester, Olefin, Sorona, P.E.T, and Wool are most common. Nylon is the most durable synthetic fiber.
Pile Height - Measure of the pile height from the backing, usually ranging 1/4" to over an inch. Pile height of 3/4" or less is more durable.
Tuft Twist - The number of twists per "lineal inch" is how they calculate the Tuft-Twist Rating, a number ranging from 4 to 9.
Face-Weight - The weight of the surface fiber, also called the "Pile". It does not include the weight of the carpet backing.
Pile Density - A number ranging from 1000 to 6000 to define how dense the carpet pile is; a formula based on the pile height and face-weight.
Learn more: Carpet Manufacturing Specifications Explained
It's very important for you to choose the correct carpet padding for your home. Don't allow the salesperson to make the choice for you.
Do your carpet padding homework if you want to save the most money possible and get the correct padding for the carpet you have selected. Every carpet manufacturer has padding requirements to keep your warranty in-force. You can always call the carpet manufacturer to learn what type of pad is required.
Your Carpet Quality Must Match Your Padding Quality.
For example, if your new carpet is designed to last for 10 years, then your padding must also be able to last 10 years or longer. Padding is the heartbeat of your carpet.
Once your padding fails, your carpet will wear out much faster. Some carpet pads offer excellent support for your carpet and are reasonably priced. Learn more Types of Carpet Padding
It's real easy to select the wrong type, thickness or density of padding. Don't be easily swayed by a salesperson to spend more for an upgraded pad or a Specialized Carpet Pad. Most of the time, homeowners do not need a padding upgrade. Read more about Choosing the Right Carpet Pad and about Carpet Padding Specifications.
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